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Ubisoft has abandoned the Watch Dogs trademark [Update 2]

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Update 2: Ubisoft is calling the filing fraudulent and has filed a claim with the USPTO.

Ubisoft Entertainment submits this Petition to the Director under Trademark Rule 2.146 to prevent the abandonment of Application Serial No. 85642398. A fraudulent Request for Express Abandonment was recently filed in connection with Application Serial No. 85642398.

Facts

On February 1, 2014, Ubisoft Entertainment received an email fromTEAS@uspto.gov notifying Ubisoft Entertainment that a Request for Express Abandonment had been filed in connection with Application Serial No. 85642398. The Request for Express Abandonment purports to be signed by the Chief Executive Officer of Ubisoft Entertainment, Yves Guillemot.

Mr. Guillemot, however, did not sign the Request for Express Abandonment, nor did Ubisoft Entertainment file the Request for Express Abandonment. The Request for Express Abandonment is fraudulent and was not filed by Ubisoft Entertainment or its representative.

[Update: As we speculated, it looks like Ubisoft is gearing up for a rebranding of the name from just Watch Dogs to including the underscore for Watch_Dogs. Check out this tweet from Ubisoft Montreal that confirms the game is not cancelled.]

 

 

In a bizarre twist surrounding rumors of the Wii U version being cancelled, today NeoGAF discovered that Ubisoft has abandoned the Watch Dogs trademark. The company has several other trademarks for the name Watch Dogs relating to wearable items. This is the trademark that has been abaondoned today:

IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Game software and electronic game programs, namely, software games recorded on CD-ROM and digital video discs for computers; software games recorded on CD-ROMs, digital video discs, and cartridges for console and individual, portable gaming systems; software games that are downloadable from a remote computer site and electronic game software for mobile phones, personal digital assistants, and handheld computers

You can see the official filing here. Could it potentially mean that the series is getting a new game, or will Ubisoft trademark the Watch_Dogs branding that has been seen for some time now?

Thanks, Michael!

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  • readypembroke

    Weird….

  • Mj78

    Watch dogs won’t come out on wii u. I have wii u and ps4 and wii u is like a master system compared to a mega drive. It is simply underpowered.

    • Donaald

      Then why is it also coming to the ps3 and 360?

    • ron

      Hows the power compared to xbone?

    • Rinslowe

      It is your – intellect – which is “under powered”….

      • Mj78

        Nope, just the Wii u. As for ps3 and Xbox, wii u is just about as good but they are both quicker. As for my intellect, it is not underpowered, unlike your wit which is slow,very slow….

        • Rinslowe

          Riiight….

        • manofthehour114

          Wii U actually has a faster processor and 4x the RAM of PS3 and XBox 360. Compared to PS4 and XboxOne, it is definitely underpowered, though.

          • Chad Dodsworth

            They Just don’t have the optimization in check yet :/

    • NkoSekirei

      wii u is more powerful then ps3 and 360 we all know that and its slightly weaker towards the ps4 and xbox one and by the way watch dogs is still coming to the wii u.

  • Kidicarus1

    I have faith in ubisoft on releasing the title for the wii u. They do usualyy stay true to their word specifically for the game. But that won’t mean that after watch dogs they will also drop the wii u console.

    • readypembroke

      Watch it be all buggy and they won’t have a patch.

      • Kidicarus1

        Exactly what I mean. Ubisoft will only release dlc, and updates for the 3ds titles they own.

      • palomino blue

        An Ubisoft game, buggy? Surprise. They have historically stayed true to their concepts and at least got the games out, albeit very late sometimes.

  • Michael DeVore

    Abandoning the trademark… are they canceling the entire game or just re-branding it. With the last delay and now this I’m leaning towards they’re canceling the original concept for all systems. It might come again in some other permutation.

  • Donaald

    If this turns out to be true it’s probably just a rebrand, it would make no sense to cancel something they have invested too much money on.

    • MujuraNoKamen

      Exactly.

    • Michael DeVore

      But it also doesn’t make sense to begin the rebranding process now. All the marketing was around the watch dogs trademark. Had it been released on time it defiantly would still be watch dogs. Rebranding means they’ll have to rebuild market awareness.

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    Odd… I hope this doesnt mean the game is cancelled altogether!

    • MujuraNoKamen

      No way are they ditching a game this big so late in the day. It’s probably just a name change or something.
      This in no way means the Wii U version is cancelled.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I dont think the Wii U version (or any version, for that matter) will be tossed

      • Dark-Link73

        You’d be surprise on what companies do when things don’t look good for them. Blizzard “put on hold” (another fancy term for “canceled”) Starcraft: Ghost after being in developement for almost four years because they “couldn’t achieve the desired results”. Whatever that means. Or EA canceling Crysis 3 on poor Crytek, after the Origin debacle, even though Crytek had the game “…fully up and running…” On Wii U.

        Those big companies are not afraid to cancel a project even after spending millions on it.

        • Shy Guy

          Sounds like Atari back in the early 80s…. and we know how that turned out.

    • That guy who hates Spike

      No way can they throw 60+ Million in development and advertisement to the toilet.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        Yeah, I figured as much, but still, weirder stuff happens…

        • Shota

          very true, you’ll never know what to expect with people these days

    • Guest

      they JUST said the game is still a go, they are just giving it a new title.

  • Cahone2

    Dogs don’t wear watches. It was a stupid name anyway.

  • That guy who hates Spike

    Sounds like a bunch of advertisement campaigns in order to get Watch Dogs, or whatever it’s going to be called, talked about. Same goes with the cancellation rumours.

  • Diaz

    This game is still in development. Imagine the shit we would have gotten if it had come out in November like it was planned.

    • Superstick98

      XD

  • Mario

    What the heck!? They’re gonna change the of the game!? Now!?

  • Rinslowe

    “I can assure you that Watch_Dogs is still being polished as we speak.”

    Reminds me of a “President” and a “Woman”…. Is that the quintessential – mutual benefit? Oh wait no that’s right, he lost his job….

    Release the game already guys! Then say what you want. :)

  • leo

    Don’t change the name, watchdogs sounds pretty good.

  • Superstick98

    This game better not be cancelled! I am really anticipating this and I’ve waited far too long for this. Seriously. I want to hack. As Aiden. XD

    • NkoSekirei

      its not ignore the stupid rumors it really annoying

  • Ducked

    I know this is off topic, but has anyone installed Flappy Bird? That game is freaking addicting!

    On topic, I doubt the game would be cancelled, it’s Ubisoft’s biggest project right now

  • iamserious

    Who among all of you are planning on buying Watch Dogs for Wii U (I am)?

    • Michael Dierlam

      Definitely.

    • Donaald

      Day one purchase for me.

    • ScrewAttack

      Same!

    • Simon Stevens

      Sorry, didn’t buy a Wii U for this type of game, nice if it’s still coming for everybody else though.

      • iamserious

        Neither did I but I still want to give it a try and support 3rd parties who continue to support Nintendo. The game looks pretty cool.

        • Simon Stevens

          :) top class feller, don’t take what I say the wrong way, I only but the games that appeal to me or at the very least peep my interest, I’m all for third party support, I just think third parties need to approach it like they did with the wii, almost every game suited the system and was for the people that loved the system, I have no doubt this is a good game, but it’s just not for me unfortunately.

    • alex toschi

      I am going to wait for reviews to see if it’s good enough to enjoy it. Assassin’s Creed 4 was really great though, I enjoyed it and definitely want to play Watch_Dogs on the Wii U. I don’t have any other way to play it since my 360 recently died on me and I can’t afford a PS4 or Xbox One. I want a PS3 first anyway.

      • juancamiloarq

        A PS3 is a really good purchase. I love my Wii U and 3DS, but the PS3 is actually the system for which I’ve ever bought the most games in my entire gaming life (32).

        • alex toschi

          It has done really well in the past three years, really hasn’t become a must have system for me until 2012. Saving up for it now!

          • Nate

            Definately get all three Uncharted games and the Ratchet and Clank games! Most fun I’ve had playing video games in years and years.

    • Dylan Clark

      i preordered for XB1

      • iamserious

        That’s cool but I was asking about the Wii U version..

    • Ricky__Spanish

      Nope. Tired of getting the shaft on DLC

    • RyuNoHadouken

      Wii U if they dont gimp it…otherwise, PS4

    • nexxus6

      I am getting Watch_Dogs on WiiU. Honestly, I was ready to purchase back in November at its original launch date.

    • Guhtere

      PS4 for me. (Please don’t kill me for saying that.)

      • Nintendofreak

        don’t worry i don’t kill on Mondays u.u

    • Shy Guy

      I’ll buy it for the Wii U, if only because I don’t have any other game like this on the Wii U and I like the idea of a video game constantly reminding me of the totalitarian surveillance society I’ve chosen to live in. Looking at the picture above gave me a neat idea though, what if Ubisoft released a DLC where all the civilian faces are covered with Guy Fawkes masks, they could call it “Watch Dogs:Super Anonymous Adventures”, also I think their should be DLC packs with additional levels that send Aiden Pearce to such locales as London, Moscow, and of course Beijing, after all those three cities/countries are world renowned for their use of totalitarian technologies to monitor their citizens.

      Finally I really think Ubisoft should seek official sponsorship from Google, because after all a totalitarian supercomputer known as CtOS (Central Operating System) that controls almost every piece of technology in the city and
      contains detailed data records on all of it’s residents and their
      activities just screams “Google”.

      • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

        or FaceBook

        • Guest

          All tentacles of the same terrorsquid my dear Dr. Arboria.

    • TheWichi

      I am too
      even when its not my type of game it looks fun.

    • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

      I have had it pre-ordered for the Wii U since last August. I have no interest in the XBOX One or PS4 as of now so it was Wii U or XB360 or PC so I rather get it for the Wii U since I have not turned on my XBOX in almost a year and rarely game on my PC.

    • Mitch Hall

      I would, but I figure I might as well get the PC version since my PC can run it better. Still, the GamePad features look neat.

      • iamserious

        Honestly the gamepad functionality is what I am looking forward too with this game. I wish Nintendo would market the gamepad better (better use of it in games).

        • Mitch Hall

          I agree. The GamePad is a really cool controller – the sole reason I played Splinter Cell Blacklist on the Wii U was that it had cool GamePad features, the same goes for Deus Ex HRDX.

          • YogiGRB

            And please don’t forget AC3, wich had beter use of the gamepad then AC4. Plus 3D gaming in AC3 looking beter then in 2D because it was in the game settings

    • TCar

      As long as it makes it to the Wii U, I will!

    • Sdudyoy

      I’m unsure about it, I think I will wait for reviews, I’ve never really this style of game, but this one looks like somthing I want to try out.

    • darkcreap

      I am. I have a powerful PC to complement my game library, but I buy third party games on the WiiU if they are offered them even if I could buy them on PC. Off TV play (which is nice especially if you are in bed) or double screen gaming are something I prefer than shinier graphics.

    • InterTreble

      So am I. Definitely. No other console will have a tablet as a controller. Using Aiden’s “weapon” directly in our hands will be the only real “next gen” experience this game will provide. Surely not one polygon or one NPC more, if we want to be serious…

    • palomino blue

      This game looks genuinely good and any 3rd Party game that looks better than decent on the Wii U is important to consider buying right now. I have neither PS4 nor XBONE but I MUCH prefer the Wii U platform to my 360.

    • Shaise

      I am, because I only have a Wii U.

      • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

        so do i

    • https://www.imthegoddamnbatman.com Gamer Mania

      I’m being a greedy bastard and buying it on Wii U ( For the touch pad controls) and PS4 (For teh pretty lights :3 )

  • darkcreap

    This Watchdogs thing is unnerving me. I have been waiting this game for months for my WiiU. I honestly think it is coming to all announced platforms, included WiiU. It would make no sense, since it was due to be released in November, near AC4. Should it have been cancelled, we would know by now, especially taking into account it is probably coming in Q1.

    Oh, and about Ubisoft dropping Watchdogs altogether? No way. Simply. There is so much hype about this game that it would be a complete nonsense. As some other point out, at most there will be a rebranding, but not a cancellation.

    Aliens Colonial Marines was a game that was later cancelled, but the story behind that game is completely different, mainly a mismanagement in money from the studio that did the development. A thing that I doubt can’t happen in Ubisoft.

    I am not someone who buys into conspiracy theories, but it is at least strange so many late rumours about Watch Dogs not coming to WiiU. Why so much fixation towards one platform?

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  • That guy who hates Spike
  • Møhåmmęd Jårmøn

    I’ve had watch dogs for WiiU pre ordered since February 2013

  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    Or he just put an underscore in his tweet. Maybe he forgot the hashtag and meant to put #Watch_Dogs because you cannot put spaces in your words when you hashtag. That is very common actually on twitter for two or more words that people want to hashtag.

    Anyone else notice the underscore in gooner4life_uk to separate the words??

  • Nintendoro

    me me me

  • bob lavallé

    i buy it as soon it get out !

  • Sydney Ultrasyd

    Day one ! And Ubisoft didn’t abandon the name, they have been trapped.

  • GregoryTheRainMaker

    I, too,want this game nevertheless.

  • Peter Rogers

    Does anyone actually know for sure what features the gamepad will have??? Didnt think so.. ps4 for me until I hear otherwise

  • Skelterz

    shame really he always had really decent things to say.